As I am thinking about changing my 3+ year old Lexus - and want to reduce my annual costs - I took a Sept 09 Type S out for a test drive today.
Well, I had only a short drive, but did a bit of motorway, some roundabouts (twice around them of course) and urban potholed driving......
When I walked into the showroom, I was immediately impressed by the looks of the car. The new Accord is a nice looking saloon, but the full body kit adds a definite sporty look to the car. This one was in polished metal metallic - very nice and it seemed to add 'class' to the looks of the Accord. It also had upgraded 18" delta alloys - which have a mixed alloy silver and (what looks like) a polished metal metallic finish, which matched the car's paintwork perfectly.
Sitting in the car, I was impressed. The front seats are very comfortable and seem to hug you - in the right way. Space in the back was OK (I am 6' 1") but not generous. Having said that, it is much better than a similarly priced Lexus, Audi or BMW. All controls are easily to hand.
Build quality felt good.
The boot is big and the split folding rear seats are a great feature. I was suprised though that the speaker etc in the top of the boot were not covered and protected
Cost saving perhaps? On the downside, the height of the boot opening is not great so bulky loads might be difficult to fit.
Lastly I checked out the electronics etc. It has everything that I want - electric front seats, driver memory, satnav, decent stereo......I could go on and on! But basically, it has every extra that I want.
Speaking with the salesman, running costs seem good - excellent consumption (especially compared with a big petrol engine), and savings (for me) in terms of insurance, servicing and RFT.
So, out for a test drive. BTW, although I have driven diesel cars, I have never owned one. I am used to high reving petrol engines. So please read some of my comments in that context.
Plus points for me were -
Ride quality - I loved it! Fairly firm with minimal body roll (just how I like it) but with little crashing over urban roads.
Steering - not perfect, but precise - and I felt comfortable especially as this was a new car to me. As a test I went twice around each roundabout that I met - faster the second time. The car felt grippy and precise.
Sound levels - much better than I had expected. In first gear it reminded me that I was driving a diesel, but after that things seemed to get quieter. I took the car up to the motorway limit or so
and also accelerated it hard on the way back to the garage after I had a better feel for the car. Noise levels were very subdued.
Seats - the driving confirmed what I had initially felt in the showroom - very nice!
Well the only one is the performance. Basically it did not feel very fast when I pushed it a little. Now, in fairness, this might be just me who is used to a higher reving big petrol engine. But overall, this is now the biggest uncertainty in my mind.
So, overall I was impressed.
BTW, I found the Type S to be both more comfortable and quieter than a more expensive Audi A6 that I test drove a few months ago.
Anyway, your comments are welcomed.
In particular I would really appreciate hearing from anyone who owns or has test driven a Type S.